Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Thomas Quasthoff retires...

... as noted by the excellent Von heute auf morgen blog: click here. The last time I heard him was in a Berlin Winterreise with Daniel Barenboim (review here) in 2009.


1 comment:

Zwölftöner said...

Good of you to link to one of your reviews, Mark, as always it was interesting to read your thoughts. It has been far too long since I heard Quasthoff's Winterreise - or indeed any Schubert from him - though I count myself fortunate for having experienced it at least once; what remarkable expressive insight. Repertoire in recent Viennese performances hasn't always been best-suited to him - his Priest in Gerontius under Rattle was serviceable but not much more. I was greatly looking forward to Dichterliebe, Mahler and Brahms at the Konzerthaus, postponed from last March; word is that András Schiff (the scheduled accompanist) is trying to rescue this concert. A Schiff recital wouldn't be cause for complaint and one can fully understand Quasthoff’s reluctance to perform at less than his best. But sad news nonetheless.